Tearing White Supremacy to Pieces

The air is charged with electricity and we’ve lit a match that we can never blow out. Seriously, right now, close your eyes and feel the chaos. Are you shaking? If you lead by the strength of your heart and are moved by compassion for life and beauty, you should be. People are dying on our doorsteps from hyper-militarized state violence, mothers are being stolen from their families and deported to lands that no longer remember them, vulnerable children are locked in cages indefinitely because they are deemed illegal—and those are just my last three Facebook posts… Can you feel oblivion arising?

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Who do you protect? Who do you serve?

POLICE: Who do you protect? Who do you serve? Certainly not folks experiencing mental illness…

In Sacramento, we have seen multiple times this past year where cops have responded to mental health crises with defense and rage, which resulted in deaths of community members at the hands of law enforcement. With Dazion Flenaugh and Joseph Mann who were killed by Sacramento Police Department, and Jason King who was killed by CHP in North Highlands, and Logan Ron Augustine who was killed by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the numbers continue to grow as police prove that they are incapable of responding to mental health crises, and also lacking heart and care for protecting and serving the most vulnerable people in our community.

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25 Ways to Stay WOKE

By Dale Allender, BLM Sacramento Chapter Member

1. Listen.

2. Read Widely.

3. Question the validity of ALL media reports and sources. Look for repetition among all of your trusted sources and evidence.

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Whose Streets? Our Streets!

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What a week it has been for the nation and our community alike. From avoiding turning on the TV last Tuesday, women coming together by the masses to stand up for something as a unit, to Saturday’s meeting which gave everyone that attended “LIFE” to sustain them for this upcoming week.

 

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A Series of Fortunate Events

 

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.” Charles Caleb Colton (1824)

 

            In the case of the “I Have a Dream Speech,” greatness improved upon greatness numerous times through the power of the Black Church’s oral tradition, respect for the ministry, and a little borrowing and polishing, influencing the power behind the inception and delivery of what we have come to know as the “I Have a Dream” speech.

            A sequence of ordinary events, involving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., culminated in the extraordinary speech delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963:

            Dr. King heard at some point in his life, a speech given in 1952, by the Reverend Archibald Carey,1 who spoke at the 1952 Republican National Convention calling out the Democrats of the time who dragged their feet with regard to the civil rights, economic prosperity, and freedoms of Black Americans to enjoy the same as all Americans. He pointed out the tragedy of marginalized Black citizens being pummeled with empty promises and being left in a void of chaos created by policies and actions of the leading party of the day.

             In 1962, Dr. King had been invited to Mount Olive Baptist Church, in Terrell County, Georgia, which had recently been burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan, to stay encouraged and vigilant in the growing struggle for civil rights.  Before Dr. King delivered his speech, a 22 year old college student, and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) volunteer, Prathia Hall, had been invited to pray.2 Ms. Hall, who was the daughter of a pastor, used the phrase, “I have a dream,” 3 throughout her powerful prayer and touched Dr. King in such a way that he began incorporating the phrase into his own sermons.

              Dr. King remarked to an aide on the day of the March on Washington, that the speech he wanted to deliver would be “sort of a Gettysburg Address” and the original draft, titled, “Normalcy - Never Again,” originally contained no mention of the dreams that Dr. King held. In fact, it had been suggested by adviser, Wyatt Walker, that Dr. King not use references to dreams, calling it, “trite” and “cliché.”

            Dr. King appeared to follow with the advice of his advisers until the 7th paragraph of the speech, when, according to Clarence Jones, Mahalia Jackson, who sang two songs at the podium immediately before Dr. King came up to speak, shouted from the right, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin!”

 

 

Mr. Jones stated that at that moment, said to a person sitting next to him that those in the audience were “about to go to church,” and “Normalcy – Never Again” was elevated through the use of trite and clichéd  “dreams” to become the “I have a Dream” that we all know and love.

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Steve Hansen GTFO! Sacramento City Council on Notice

STEVE HANSEN! WE DON’T WANT YOU!

Your council seat is dead—because your heart just isn’t big enough for it!

Come rain or shine, Black Lives Matter Sacramento is always down to speak some truth! On Saturday January 7th, 2017 BLM and a large group of supporters met at Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) to protest the anti-Black policies and practices of the Sacramento City Council. We marched from SHRA to councilmember Steve Hansen’s doorstep where we held a symbolic funeral for his council seat—because if we don’t get no justice—they don’t get no peace. Speakers and performers highlighted the hypocrisy of Hansen’s rhetoric considering his actions, and discussed Sacramento’s shameful history of racism in housing and policing.

We said goodbye to you, Steve. But we will not grieve your deception. We will instead mourn those who are cold in this freezing storm, those whose neighborhood no longer has space for them, those whose culture and community are being erased, those who are targeted, provoked, and brutalized by your paid besties in blue… We mourn for the dead, the families, the mothers. We mourn for Dazion, for Joseph, for every unhoused Queer and Trans* child that you SHOULD HAVE stood up for.

Your seat—just like your heart—is empty, and your epitaph will have no words.

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A Movement of Love

Often times, BLM gets a bad reputation. The media chooses when and how it wants to write about BLM.

Riots in the street.

Being rowdy at a city council meeting.

Shutting down freeways.

Confronting and stabbing white supremacists at a neo Nazi skinhead rally.

Shooting and killing cops at a protest.

Let’s clarify: Not every event, rally, protest or meeting that has #BlackLivesMatter on a sign or shirt is a BLM event. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is something that is shouted loudly by many people and groups across the world that are not associated with any of the 37 BLM local chapters. Also, not everything BLM does gets reported, and what does get reported, mostly gets misconstrued.

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IF NOT US – THEN WHO

I think it is safe to say that 2016 truly got the best of everyone. If you feel emotionally fatigued
and mentally dazed, let me assure you, you are not alone. You are not expected to be ok after the
events of this year but can we not dance around these issues and classify them as “2016” issues?
Let’s attempt to understand everything that has happened this year (Trump president-elect, recent
racially charged verbal and physical attacks, police shootings in Sacramento County) are direct
effects of a system built to benefit non POC and suppress tax payers from having a voice. If this
was not the case, then our cries would be taken seriously. Our city council would not be
comfortable with walking out during a formal meeting nor would they allow the Sac PD to get
away with murder and withhold resources to provide closure to the families of the deceased. Do
not be so naïve to think, “Oh, it’s just a hard year, next year will be better.” Do not be the one to
sweep these issues under the rug. We are the only solution. No one is going to fight for us like
us.
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Sacramento, We Need to Fight for Sacramento!

 

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It's no lie!

The presidential election has consumed us all! 

How in the world does this country elect a Donald Trump and there is no way in hell we are going to take it lying down. Right?

With that being said it is important that we don't forget the many local issues that are going on right this minute. Issues that directly affect the people you see every day, your community!

So I have compiled a long list in case we need to reference it and remember what is vital to the now!

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HABARI GANI?

HABARI GANI ~ WHAT'S THE NEWS?

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African American values were spawned from a time when we had nothing but our own self value to define ourselves… not even our own bodies.

Kwanzaa is a secular festival, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, and observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

 

Kwanzaa was created to reinforce seven basic principles of African culture (Nguzo Saba):

 

Umoja ~Unity

To strive for and maintain, unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

 

Kujichagulia~Self-Determination

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

 

Ujima~Collective Work and Responsibility

To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

 

Ujamaa~Cooperative Economics

To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses, and to profit from them together.

 

Nia~Purpose

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness

 

Kuumba~Creativity

To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

 

Imani~Faith

To  believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

 

Activate Kwanzaa!!!

Here’s how…

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